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Storm Trysail launches Transpac 65 Class

A trio of designers has contributed to the successful launch of the Storm Trysail Transpac 65, developing three different boats for the “Box Rule” by which the STP65 Class will be governed.

Farr Yacht Design drew the first STP65, Rosebud, for owner Roger Sturgeon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with California’s Westerly Marine completing the boat in early June. Reichel/Pugh and Judel/Vrolijk have begun respective designs for Jim Swartz of Park City, Utah, and Udo Schutz of Selters, Germany. Also like Sturgeon, both owners plan to keep the boat names that have headlined their previous campaigns. Swartz’s Moneypenny, currently being built by McConaghy’s Boat Yard in Australia, will be ready next March, while Schutz’s Container began construction at Premier Yachts in Dubai, UAE in August.

“The goal is for the three boats to be on the starting line for the 2008 Newport to Bermuda Race,” says Swartz, explaining that the event fits the multifaceted racing profile of the STP65. “It’s designed to be a Super TP52,” Swartz said, “and is capable of true offshore racing. We want to do a combination of offshore, coastal and buoy racing.”

The goal of the Storm Trysail Club of Larchmont, N.Y., and the Transpacific Yacht Club in Los Angeles, which last July announced their joint partnership in developing the STP65 Rule, was to create a boat that could compete both as a Box Rule and an IRC or ORR performer, with tight enough parameters to minimize obsolescence. www.stp-65.org

Video producer awarded for sailing DVD

SEA-TV, a Connecticut-based marine video production company, won the Silver Award at this year’s Worldfest Film Festival in Houston for its two-hour instructional DVD series, “Learn the Racing Rules.”

The series, hosted by renowned rules expert Dave Dellenbaugh, won the award in the Sailing/Watersports category from more than 100 entries from around the world.

A 60-second commercial produced for US Sailing that appears on the “Learn the Racing Rules” DVD series also won a Silver Award in the Advertising/Promotional category besting more than 100 entries worldwide.

“Yacht racing is a very kinetic and complicated sport and the rules are very difficult to understand from reading them in the rules book,” says SEA-TV executive producer, Chip Croft. “We also have some great racing action footage to illustrate many of the rules.”

“Learn the Racing Rules” is sold as a set of two 60-minute DVDs. Part 1 is titled “Basic Right of Way Rules” and Part 2 is titled “Rules at Marks & Obstructions.” The two-DVD set will sell for $59.95. They are available at www.sea-tvproductions.com .